Yajun Yan, Ph.D.
615 Driftmier Engineering Center
BioChemical Engineering Program
College of Engineering
University of Georgia, Athens
Fax: 706-542-8806Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Biosynthetic Engineering and Biocatalysis Laboratory directed by Prof. Yajun Yan. Our research focuses on developing enzymatic and microbial approaches for the production of pharmaceutically important compounds as well as fuels and renewable chemicals. The research projects are interdisciplinary in nature, involving the principles and techniques of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Protein Engineering, Metabolic Engineering, and Synthetic Biology. Self-motivated undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting students and scholars with backgrounds in Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, and Biochemical Engineering are welcomed to join our group.
Jia and Rachit's work on diol dehydratase and 1,4-butanediol is officially accepted by Metabolic Engineering. Congratulations!
Two papers were recently published in the same issue of Metabolic Engineering. Congratulations to the authors!
Professor Pingfang Tian from Bejing University of Chemical Technology joined our group as a visiting scholar. Welcome... Dr. Tian!
Ruihua Zhang joined our group as a doctoral student. Welcome... Ruihua!
Zhenya Chen from Beijing University of Chemical Technology joined our group as a visiting student. Welcome... Zhenya!
02/10/2016Our iGEM work on engineering archaea is accepted by ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations to the iGEMers!
02/03/2016Two papers were recently accepted by Metabolic Engineering and AIMS Bioengineering Journals, respectively. Congratulations to the authors!
Dr. Yan was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. Official today!
Xinxiao, Xiaolin, and Rachit's paper "Synthesis of Chemicals by Metabolic Engineering of Microbes" is accepted by Chemical Society Reviews. Congratulations!
Rachit's paper "Engineering Microaerobic Metabolism of E. coli for 1,2-Propanediol Production" is accepted by Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology. Congratulations!
Rachit successfully defends his dissertation! Congratulations!
Xinxiao's paper "Structural Insights into Substrate Specificity of Feruloyl-CoA 6'-Hydroxylase from Arabidopsis thaliana" is accepted by Scientific Reports. Congratulations!
Yaping and Yuheng's Paper "Regulating Malonyl-CoA Metabolism via Synthetic Antisense RNAs for Enhanced Biosynthesis of Natural Products" is accepted by Metabolic Engineering. Congratulations!
The Group says good bye to Xinxiao Sun. In the past three years in our group, Xinxiao published 7 first-author papers. He is getting his Ph.D. degree back in China and will be starting his academia career. Good luck!
Jia Wang from Beijing University of Chemical Technology joined our group as a visiting Ph.D. student. Welcome... Jia!
Dr. Xiaolin Shen from Beijing University of Chemical Technology joined our group as a visiting scholar. Welcome back... Xiaolin!
Jin Huang's work on tyrosine production is accepted by Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, although she was back to Beijing University of Chemical Technology to continue her Master's study. Congratulations!
Rachit's paper "Systematically Engineering Escherichia coli for Enhanced Production of 1,2-propanediol and 1-Propanol" is accepted by ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!
Yuheng successfully defends his dissertation! Congratulations!!
Yaping, Rachit, Xinxiao, and Yuheng present their research work at 2014 AICHE annual meeting in Atlanta!
Xinxiao's paper entitled "Precursor-directed biosynthesis of 5-hydroxytryptophan using metabolically engineered E. coli" is accepted by ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!
09/20/2014Yifei Wu from Beijing University of Chemical Technology joined our group as a visiting Ph.D. student. Welcome... Yifei!
Jaya Kanumuri joined our group as a M.S. student. Welcome...Jaya!
The Group says good bye to Jin Huang. She is back to Beijing University of Chemical Technology to finish her study there. Good luck!
Jian Wang joined our group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome... Jian!
Jing Sun, a visiting Ph.D. student from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, joined our group. Welcome... Jing!
06/12/2014Yuheng and Xinxiao's paper entitled "Engineering Bacterial Phenylalanine 4-Hydroxylase for Microbial Synthesis of Human Neurotransmitter Precursor 5-Hydroxytryptophan" is accepted by ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!
Xinxiao and Yuheng's paper entitled "Biological Production of Muconic Acid Via A Prokaryotic 2,3-Dihydroxybenzoic Acid Decarboxylase" is accepted by ChemSusChem. Nice!
One more! Yuheng's paper entitled "Biotechnological Production of Plant-Specific Hydroxylated Phenylpropanoids" is accepted by Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Good job!
Three biochemical engineering girls Shannon, Megan, and Jaya join our lab for undergraduate research experience. Welcome!
Yuheng and Xinxiao's paper: "Extending Shikimate Pathway for the Production of Muconic Acid and Its Precursor Salicylic Acid in Escherichia coli" is accepted by Metabolic Engineering. Way to go!
Yuheng and Rachit's paper: "Microbial Production of Antioxidant Food ingredients via Metabolic Engineering" is accepted by Current Opinion of Biotechnology. Congratulations!
Yaping and Hongfei get married today. Congratulate you two on your happy wedding!
Yuheng's paper on "Microbial Biosynthesis of the Anticoagulant Precursor 4-Hydroxycoumarin" is official accepted for publication in Nature Communications! Congratulations... Yuheng! Look forward to your next one!
The group says goodbye to Qin Huang. Qin accepted a job offer from Genscript. She will be working in China and Germany. Good luck Qin! We will miss you!07/24/2013
Jin Huang, a visiting student from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, joined our group. Welcome... Jin!
07/18/2013Our new group website is online!!